New Orleans, La. – The 2020 Annual Membership Meeting is set at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, in New Orleans, La. on Sunday March 22, 2020. The annual meeting brings members together to celebrate the breeders and owners of outstanding accredited 2019 Louisiana bred thoroughbreds. This year the awards winners will be announced at the event for the owners of the Leading Stallion, Broodmare of the Year, as well as the Leading Breeder by Percentage of Stake Winners of 2019, High Percentage Breeder of the Year and Horse of the Year.
Other awards will go to Two Year Old Filly. Two Year Old Colt or Gelding, Three Year Old Filly, Three Year Old Colt or Gelding, Four Year Old and Up Filly or Mare, and Four Year Old and Up Male. Past winners included Louisiana superstars Star Guitar, Mobile Bay, Minit Towinit, Half Ours, Big World, Monte Man, Superior Storm, and Designer Legs to name a few.
The champions are chosen by a vote of the membership and it is a way for the members to honor their own. The top candidates are based on performance and breeding records for the 2019 year.
“The process of producing and training a champion race horse takes considerable resources,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “Breeding a champion takes research and the right team to start, train and race the horse. We recognize the breeders, owners and businesses that are the lifeblood not only of our organization, but the Louisiana racing industry as well.”
“Our successful incentive program set the standard for racing and breeding in America,” said Heitzmann. Three races per day are offered for accredited Louisiana breds at each track each day in Louisiana. 18% breeders’ awards are paid to accredited Louisiana breds finishing first, second or third in any race in Louisiana (purse capped at $200,000). 18% breeders’ awards paid to accredited Louisiana breds finishing first, second or third in any stakes race outside of Louisiana (purse capped at $200,000). Worldwide breeders’ awards paid to accredited Louisiana breds finishing first, second or third in any race outside of Louisiana. The breeders incentive awards increases to 20% for Louisiana breds sired by a Louisiana stallion.
Members will enjoy a day at the historic Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots with live racing as the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association crowns their best. Lunch will be served, and seating will be available on a limited basis to members of the association. Doors will open at 11:00am. The Louisiana Derby will be run on Saturday March 21 and it gives members an opportunity to make a weekend of it in New Orleans.
For more information about Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association visit louisianabred.com or call (504) 947-4676.
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